3/18/06 - 9th Wave,
Venice Beach Muscle Club, and
The Sea Devils in Brooklyn, NYC
Negative Ed here... just a few quick notes on the show last Saturday night in
Brooklyn at the Balanza Bar.
First up was us, 9th Wave. We played a set of mostly original surf style, as the
Americans call it, rock and roll. If you weren't there, don't worry. We'll be in
your neighborhood at some point.
Next up was Venice Beach Muscle Club (as we were informed, not THE Venice...
just Venice). Anyway, they played a great set of Rain Forest inspired Roots
Rock... mostly surf music though. I tell ya, it can get confusing if you don't
already know the names of the songs... my favourite was some number called
something like "Your hairspray contains CFS's and is putting a hole in the Ozone
Layer". Seriously, humor and great music combine to make me a happy Negative Ed.
And I really enjoy VBMC's loungy feel and take on surf music.
Last up was The Sea Devils. I always enjoy their set. I tell myself ahead of
time that I'm going to hate it, but I never do. Why? 'Cause they always play in
key? Nah, 'cause they bring energy, style and class and always play my favorite
tunes. And to my recollection, they don't usually make me wish they played
anything faster (I like my surf faster, thank you Mike). Never too slow...
always juuuussst right.
For a future note. If you are a musician (not like me, I'm just a jacka$$ with a
big amp), if you are in a band and if you like a room to sound GREAT. Not
good, GREAT. Play at the Balanza Bar. Small club, not too flashy, but
the room sounds great and the bartender and staff are supah friendly. The PA is
big enough to make any vocals you have audible to those listening (I'm preaching
to the wrong crowd here) and the room just mixes the sound well and there's no
overtones or ADDED reverb (where ya don't want it).
Thanks for that Negative Ed. I' ve been meaning to post
It was widely discussed and agreed upon that 9th Wave and my
band (VBMC) played perhaps better than ever before. The
comeraderie between the 3 bands was definitely the best I've
ever experienced. This was my first time seeing the Sea Devils
and they were amazing, playing their hearts out. We all got to
play nice long sets too. Many people commented about the sound
being amazing, which it was. We converted some new surf fans who
were stroll-ins from the neighborhood, several of whom I spoke
to at length. Very cool people and they loved the bands. As you
mentioned, the staff were super cool too. The bouncer walked me
to my car, carrying my amp for me at 2:30 am or whatever the
hell time it was because I was alone. Everyone was very
welcoming. Great space for surf. Thank you so much to 9th wave
and The Sea Devils for accepting the invite to play and making
our first surf night take over there such a success. Looking
forward to doing it again soon...